May 23rd, 2012
08:36 AM ET

Egypt makes history with vote for president

One of the world's oldest civilizations took a major step toward democracy Wednesday, as Egyptians began a historic vote for president.

Grandmother Nadia Fahmy, 70, was so determined to be the first one to vote at her polling station that she camped out in a plastic chair for two and a half hours before it opened.

"I am here to vote for the first time in my life," said Fahmy. "I want to vote for the first time. I want to see a new generation for my country. I want everything to change."

Other people told CNN they had waited up to four hours to vote as an atmosphere of enthusiasm swept polling stations in the capital.

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  1. Justa

    And it sounds as if you are going to do some name-calling too, Mary, or did I misunderstand the "ahem – old bleaps" part?

    May 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HIDE BEHIND

    Not the brightest bulb in room, but by voting the people of Egypt are not rewriting their history.
    It will be a historic event during and after but their history remains, written and unwritten, the same.
    The actual events of its past may be rewritten to suit political purposes of those with agendas of their own, and by choice of words their agents can by ommitance of historical facts change the perceptions of that history for a targeted audience.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ HIDE BEHIND, very true! The people of Egypt will only be adding new chapters to their history! And Mary, who is afraid to answer you? The only person you asked a question of was saywhat, and ive never known him to be afraid to say anything.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ? ? ?

    Perhaps that question was just too ridiculous to warrant answering Mary.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Mary
    A little slow in getting your drift, I couldn't come up with an answer.
    Do you mean to say that only men should be allowed to vote and be part of the process? And that God decreed it?

    May 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ saywhat, please answer Marys question so she wont question whether us *old bleeps* are preventing you from answering.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @ Religious Dictatorship

    nothing I can add to what @banasy had to say in response.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    oops sorry, didnt think you saw it.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ©bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Mary

    If you are talking about in the bible where it says men are to be the head and women in subjection, all that's meant there is, men, as the heads of their families, are to set the example, hopefully through the teachings of the bible. It does not mean that women have to succ umb to ideas that are not in the interest of the family. Woman was created to be the helper of man and to be treated as an equal.
    So in regard to your statement that you feel women should stay out of the decision making process, I'll have to disagree on the grounds that women also were given a mind and a conscience with which to help in decision making.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    @ saywhat,
    Lets put it this way, would you find it difficult to stir a boat if you and your wife were handling the same wheel?
    Same can be said for the world as a whole.
    That is the way God set the order of things, is it not?

    May 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Ty bobcat, not to mention our female population make up 5O% if not more of the workforce, so deserve a say in where and how their tax dollars are spent!

    May 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @ bobcat
    Agree.
    @ Mary
    Is that satisfactory? In all the three M.Eastern religions roles of men & women have been defined. Its another matter that different schools of thought interpret these to their liking.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Would be like a drunk walking down the street, 3 steps forward, l0 steps back!

    May 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    And many times the husband gets in that boat and sails off into the sunset, leaving the wife to fend for herself and her children!

    May 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    @ Mary

    Husband & wife are meant to complement each others role in a marriage not to usurp. At least that is the traditional view regardless of what faith you follow.
    Aside from marriage, women have made great contribution in shaping societies in all cultures. Even in countries pre-dominantly muslim and I have travelled, I have witnessed this phenomenon. Politics, industry, business, culture even in 'manly' professions – soldiering, police etc.
    So my wife & I wouldn't handle the wheel both holding on to it, we would first decide who takes the wheel & who goes down to rustle up grub. lol

    May 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ©bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ sayt

      Very, very well said.

      May 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ©bobcat (in a hat)©

      That's to saywhat. Sorry the keys stuck.

      May 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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